I was prompted to recall a time when I felt gut-wrenching nervousness. And as I start to gear up for the 3rd (!) Kamloops Timeraiser it is easy to recall such a situation.
When I heard about the Timeraiser – an event created by Framework in Toronto 11 years ago – I thought to myself: ‘this has to come Kamloops’. After pursuing the Timeraiser organization for over a year to bring their event to Kamloops, they eventually decided they wouldn’t bring here – but I could host it myself. Awesome – I love hosting parties, but for this particular event I needed money and support.
So after socializing the idea and finding support, the day actually came when my first sponsor, NRI Distribution, sent me a $5000 sponsorship cheque.
Fear, disbelief, apprehension, insecurity – all welled up inside me. Are they crazy putting this much faith in me to pull this off? Can I pull this off? What I do next? How do I pay him back if I screw up? Eek!
But whenever I am under pressure – life becomes clearer… Just focus on the next step. I can’t say I felt optimistic or that the fear disappeared, but I knew that if I just kept doing the right steps one after the other I would get the job done.
And I did! And at some point in the following weeks I started to get excited knowing it would work out. Those feelings of fear changed to pride, gratitude, excitement, enthusiasm and relief!